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Member: 128 months
Authored: 16 videos
Description: I'm one of the co-founders of Showmedo and an academic researcher by profession. My peripatetic path has taken me from a Philosophy degree via Artificial Intelligence and Evolutionary Robotics to a PhD in Neuroscience. I spent five years in a small room with a colony of reluctant bumble-bees, becomi ...

Using and Manipulating a Database from Within a Python Progam [ID:739] (4/5)

in series: An Introduction to Database Programming with Python

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In this video we show how Python can programmatically fetch and manipulate data from within a database and insert data into it. We build up simple examples and, using a live MySQL database command-line, demonstrate comparable queries and changes made to the database. As with all videos in this series, the lesson is applicable to most of the SQL based databases including PostgreSQL, SQLite, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle, among others.

# Most common DBAPI conversion modules
# MySQL - MySQLdb
# PostrgeSQL - psycopg(2)
# SQLite - sqlite3
# Oracle - oracle
# M$ SQL server - adodbapi

# import relevant module
import MySQLdb 

# test variables for database access
HOST = 'localhost'
USER = 'test_user'
PASSWD = 'showmedo'
DATABASE = 'showmedo_test'

# make a connection to the DATABASE database
# if we were using, for example, a Postrgres database this line would start:
# db_connection = psycopg.connect( ...
db_connection = MySQLdb.connect(

# we'll need a cursor to this database to execute commands
cursor = db_connection.cursor()

def prettyPrint(data):
    print "There are %d data items"%len(data)
    for i,d in enumerate(data):
        print "%d --- "%i, d

# some example queries:
# 1. execute query
#cursor.execute('select * from showmedo_user')
# 2. fetch and print buffered data

# fetching data from the query result set
cursor.execute('select * from showmedo_user')
# fetchone fetches one row, fetchall all remaining rows

# equivalent sorting of a table using SQL and python
#import operator
#cursor.execute('select * from showmedo_user order by name')

#cursor.execute('select * from showmedo_user')
#db_data = cursor.fetchall()
#db_data_sorted = sorted(db_data, key=operator.itemgetter(2))

# inserting data (a user in this case) into a table
# best to construct complex strings before passing to the cursor for execution
data = ('a.n.other', '', '2008-6-12',1)
qstr = "INSERT INTO showmedo_user " +\
            "(name, email, join_date, author_status) values ('%s', '%s', '%s', %d)"%(data[0], data[1], data[2], data[3])
print qstr         

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Very illustrative, I would like to see more. Perhaps some of this focused on the installations of different drivers? And also as mentioned, high level library use.



Nice video Kyran!

Thanks I will try to use this to create a database to allow my company to search through the email logs easier and faster.

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